Lila Mae Atkinson Cato, 95, passed away at her home in Leona on Nov. 29, 2017. Lila was born on Oct. 16, 1922, in Porter Springs, to Ernest Lamar and Pauline Lambert Atkinson. Lila married Houston H. Cato on March 29, 1941, and the two were married for 52 years.
Lila was the school cafeteria manager at Galena Park ISD and worked in retail sales at Kmart and Wal-Mart. Lila was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was an excellent cook known for her yeast rolls, banana pudding and chocolate and coconut pies. She loved to sew, quilt and embroider and made beautiful baby blankets for her family. Lila cared for her disabled daughter, Roseland, for 65 years. She was a member of the LCRTA, TRTA and Woodmen of the World.
Lila was a devout Christian woman who could quote the Bible, sing any hymn from memory and could be found reading her Bible daily. She was a member of the Elwood Baptist Church, but attended First United Methodist Church, Madisonville, with her family. Lila was the true example of sacrificial love. Her love of God and her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, allowed her to truly make her family a priority. She loved everyone — her church family, Upper Room Sunday School class, friends, neighbors, doctors, nurses, therapists, and she never met a stranger. Her beautiful smile will be a cherished memory.
Lila was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Houston; her beloved daughter Roseland; brothers, Raymond Atkinson, Woodrow Atkinson, George Atkinson, Sanford “Don” Atkinson, William Atkinson and Floyd Atkinson; and sisters, Lorene Wells, Alpha Dee Hoach, Lucille Garlington and Ruby Smith.
She is survived by daughter: Maisie Temme (Charles); granddaughters, Kristen Temme, Keri Barrett (Kenny); great-grandchildren, Kassi Flores, Taylor Barrett, Ethan Barrett and Caleb Wofford; sisters, Ernestine Stoddard, Lillian Lowery, Florence Sanders, and Doris Willis; brother, Howard Atkinson; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family would like to offer a special heartfelt thanks to CHI Madison St. Joseph staff and Mary Beth Murphy, Dr. Villanueva, and Traditions Hospice Care — Sharon Pruett, Carolyn Holliday and Marty Ballesteros.
Funeral services for Lila were held Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, at the First United Methodist Church in Madisonville. The Rev. Patricia Wehn-Glowski, pastor of the church, officiated assisted by the Rev. Glenn Connor, pastor of Elwood Baptist Church in the Elwood Community. Interment followed in the Allphin Cemetery.
Pallbearers were J.D. Dickenson, Jim Caldwell, Jim Robinson, Kenneth Knight, Kenneth Bounds, Richey Goodridge, Joe Wayne Sowell and G.G. Reynolds.
Madisonville Funeral Home in Madisonville was in charge of arrangements. Please visit Mrs. Cato's online memorial tribute page at www.madisonvillefuneralhome.com.